Wan Qingli at the Seattle Asian Art Museum

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Wan Qingli, Wishing Each Other Longevity, 2004. Artist’s inscription, “Wishing each other longevity. Painted after returning from the seaside in the twelfth month of the year jiashen, Wan Qingli.”

After seeing the small exhibition “Inked” at the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM), I had to buy the book featuring paintings by Wan Qingli. The book titled “A Brush with Irony: Paintings by Wan Qingli” is the exhibition catalogue for Qingli’s show at the Museum and Art Gallery at Hong Kong University in 2006. The show at the SAAM is only one room’s worth of work, about 7 works total and it left me curious to know more about the scholar / collector / artist. Some of the works at the SAAM include a large multi-scroll work of an ocean scene, and several thinner scrolls that feature animals, cubed fruit, and two foot prints and a urinal. The works also include colophons, artist’s inscriptions, and seals, which provide context for the images, highlighting the humor and sense of irony found in the works. The text is translated and adds much to the images.

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Book cover for A Brush with Irony: Paintings by Wan Qingli.

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Wan Qingli, My Zodiac Year, 2006. Artist’s inscription: “My zodiac year. Playfully painted in the first month of the year bingxu, Qingli.” I was born in 1982, also year of the dog!

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Four panels out of work of fifteen. Wan Qingli, In the Middle of the Song No One is in Sight, 2003.

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Wan Qingli, In the Middle of the Song No One is in Sight, 2003.

The entire work “In the Middle of the Song No One is in Sight” is available to explore from Google Cultural Institute.

Gallery – http://www.ejfrankel.com/details.asp?artID=234

The following photos are of the works exhibited at the SAAM. Sorry for the low quality 😦

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